- to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
- to say with a simper.
- a silly, self-conscious smile.
Origin of simper
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Examples from the Web for simpering
No “simpering chit” of a girl, Rebecca is fierce and steely, a woman whose own father cannot quite figure her out.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao
May 9, 2012
Some other simpering thing, na doot-they're all alike these days.The Christian
You're simpering at some hidden invention of your own, and you know it.Miss Pat at School
When I got fed up on a bunch of simpering women and their, 'ain't he cute?'David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
"Hay has got all the money," said the simpering admirer who answered to the name of Tempest.The Opal Serpent
You might as well be a simpering wax dummy out of a shop window.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
- (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
- (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
- a simpering smile; smirk
Word Origin and History for simpering
1580s, present participle adjective from simper (v.). Related: Simperingly.
1560s, "to smile in an affected and silly way," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (e.g. dialectal Danish semper "affected, coy, prudish") or Middle Dutch zimperlijk "affected, coy, prim," of unknown origin. Related: Simpered; simpering. As a noun, 1590s, from the verb.